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Recruitment

Key messages

Employers must ensure that drivers and operators they recruit permanently:

  • are physically and mentally fit to drive or operate machinery;
  • are competent to do the work;
  • understand that they have a legal duty to be fit to drive.

Assessing fitness

You may want to ask an occupational health practitioner for help in assessing an applicant's physical and mental fitness to drive.

At A Glance, published by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, gives more detailed guidance on assessing medical fitness to drive.

Assessing competence: questions to ask

A competent worker is one who has the skills and knowledge to do their job safely. When you are recruiting new drivers and operators, ask yourself:

Think how you will assess and check these criteria, and do not take shortcuts. In a study of deaths and injuries involving site dumpers [PDF 1.99MB] , fewer than half of the employers had bothered to check the drivers’ competence. Never take for granted a person’s ability to do a task safely.

Qualifications and standards

We recommend the same (or higher) standards that people need to drive on public roads should apply when you employ people to drive in the workplace:

Updated 2013-03-18